This is what the bedtime routine looks like for our Montessori infants. I should first mention that they don’t have a set bedtime, yet. We wait until they show signs of being tired, usually sucking their thumbs, and then start the routine. That being said, they had colic as newborns, so there was a lot of trial and error while we figured out what worked best for them. For awhile, I tried reading them to sleep and they didn’t care for it. We also tried nightly baths but, their skin didn’t care for that. So, here’s what has worked best for us for the last eight months.
- Change into nightclothes and night nappy.
- Read Good Night Farm
- Brush teeth (we sing “ah ah ah ah brush your teeth, brush your teeth” to the beat of the Bee Gee’s song “Stayin’ Alive”-haha) and floss
- Put on their owlet and sleep sack
- They touch a photo of an owl that hangs in the hall between their room and ours, it’s something Hubby started with them.
- Turn on the white noise machine
- Kiss them three times each and then lay them down.
- At 10:30 we do a dream feed and lay them back down.
They may chat with each other before actually falling asleep, but they are generally asleep shortly after.
Their nap times follow a very similar routine, with just a few alterations. We don’t read their bedtime book, put on their owlet, and they wear a lighter sleep sack as we keep it warmer during the day.
Do you and your child have a bedtime routine that works for you? Did it take a lot of trial and error?